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Resources Prima FY16F Likely To Be A Better Year
Corporate Digest | 01 April 2015
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By: Ernest Lim
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Resources Prima Group – What attracts me to take a closer look

Resources Prima Group (“RPG”) has been on the restricted “online list” for a few brokerage houses such as CIMB Securities, OCBC Securities and UOB Kayhian (i.e. clients are not able to trade online but have to call their broker to execute).

This restriction is typically for more speculative stocks. So what attracted me to take a closer look and do a writeup?

First Glance – What Attracted Me…

1. Chart formation seems positive

I have pointed out in my article dated 23 Mar 2015 “Selective stocks may have some small near term technical rebound” that RPG seemed to be building a base.

RPG closed at $0.083 on 20 Mar, Friday and was trading around $0.082 – 0.084 on 23 Mar, Monday. It closed at $0.082 on 23 Mar.

Since 23 Mar, RPG jumped 23 percent to close at $0.101 on volume expansion.

Based on Chart 1 below, RPG surged 11 percent & 10 percent with 10.7 million & 14.6 million shares traded on 26 Mar & 27 Mar respectively.

The volumes transacted were significantly above its 30-day & 100-day average volume of 3.6 million & 12.8 million shares.

Based on my personal observation, RPG has completed its base formation and it seems to be on the verge of a new uptrend.

21-day exponential moving average (“EMA”) has turned up. Indicators such as RSI and MACD have formed bullish divergences and they seem to be strengthening.

Although the RSI was a 15 month high (RSI closed at 57.7 last Friday), it is not overbought yet.

Near term supports and resistances are at $0.097 / 0.094 / $0.090 and $0.109 – 0.111 / 0.122 / 0.136. The “bullish feel” of this chart will be negated if RPG falls below $0.090 on a sustained basis.

Chart 1: Base formation completed

Source: CIMB itrade complimentary chart (27 Mar 15)

2. Negatives seem to have been largely priced in

Firstly, the price for thermal coal has slipped to a six year low.

According to a Bloomberg article dated 24 Mar 2015, the prices for a coal-supply deal between Glencore Plc and Japanese utilities may be set at a six year low.

The low coal prices have already prompted Glencore to plan to reduce its Australian output by 15 million tons in 2015, equivalent to about one fifth of its production from Australia.

Glencore also plans to trim output by shutting some mines in South Africa.

Notwithstanding that coal prices may have slipped to an approximate six year low, World Bank forecasts that coal prices are likely to hit bottom in 2015 and rebound thereafter (See Chart 2).

Other renowned institutions such as IMF and Economist Intelligence Unit also predict that 2015 is likely to be the bottom for coal prices.

Chart 2: World Bank coal price forecast through 2020

Source: World Bank

Secondly, the massive 70 percent RPG’s share price drop from an intraday high of $0.265 on 4 Dec 2014 to $0.079 on 18 Mar 2015, coupled with a three week long base formation should have exhausted the selling.

Coupled with the online trading curbs by various brokerage houses and the current bearish news on coal, it should be quite safe to assume that most sellers have already exited.

It is likely to be an “under owned” stock for both retailers and institutions / funds. UOB Kayhian is the only brokerage house which is covering RPG with a target price of $0.295.

Thirdly, RPG has incurred a few one off expenses in 9M15 results such as the following.

a) Professional fees of US$1 million under Admin Fees in 3Q15 incurred in relation to completion of the reverse takeover;

b) The immediate recognition of the entire historical depreciation costs of US$11 million which should otherwise have been amortised over a few years;

c) Arranger fee of US$15.7 million & goodwill of US$45.9 million written off in 3Q15F in relation to the reverse takeover;

According to management, the above are one off expenses and are not expected to be incurred in future.

In other words, going forward, ceteris paribas, RPG’s financials are likely to be better without the above non recurring expenses.

Company Description

RPG (formerly known as Sky One Holdings) was listed on SGX Catalist Board on 14 November 2014 via a reverse takeover.

RPG is a mine owner and primarily engages in the business of coal mining and coal exploration operations in East Kalimantan, Indonesia.

Additionally, RPG also owns and provides coal mining facilities such as coal hauling road, coal stockpiles, coal crushers, coal conveyor system, jetty and barge loading facilities to third party mine owners.

RPG is 54.67 percent controlled by Madrone Enterprises Limited, a company which is 100 percent owned by the family of Executive Chairman and CEO Mr Agus Sugiono.

Company Developments To Watch Out For

Major catalyst – Potential award of the 2nd IPPKH permit

RPG currently has a “borrow-use” permit to mine 309 ha out of its total mining concession area of 1,933 ha.

Based on RPG’s 19 Jan 2015 press release, RPG has submitted an application to secure the “borrow-use” permit to mine the remaining 1,624 ha of total mining concession area.

This, if approved, should have a positive impact to its reserves and future earnings. UOB Kayhian estimates that the award may be given to RPG by June 2015.

Cost reduction measures

In their 3Q15 press release, RPG mentioned that it has commenced a cost reduction programme covering areas such as waste mining rates; heavy equipment requirements and fuel supply arrangements.

In my opinion, as the rates with their waste mining operator, PT Cipta Kridatama (“CK”) were last adjusted and reduced in July 2013 (i.e. almost approaching two years), there is scope for reduction in 2015.

It is noteworthy that waste mining costs comprised approximately 45 percent of the cost of goods sold.

Sales volume ramp up

With reference to Chart 3 below, sales volume surged 59 percent from 0.82MT in 9M14 to 1.30MT in 9M15.

Barring unforeseen circumstances, it is likely that company will further ramp up its sales volume in FY16F, albeit at a slower pace (on a percentage basis).

Chart 3: RPG’s sale volume since FY13

Source: Company (Year ends in Mar)

Contracts from coal logistics kicking in FY16F

According to the company, RPG leases its excess capacity in its coal logistics facilities, such as crushers, conveyors, stockpile, jetty etc to nearby concession owners.

This business segment is lucrative and likely enjoys good margins.

Till date, RPG has signed contracts with five concession owners. RPG priced such contracts on a “use per basis” and by distance and tonnage.

One concession owner already started to lease RPG’s logistics facilities which contributed to RPG’s 9MFY15 facility usage revenue of around US$1.7 million.

Barring unforeseen circumstances, it is likely that three other concession owners may start to lease RPG’s logistics facilities in FY16F.

Possibility of M&A

Besides organic growth, company is also looking to accelerate growth through acquisitions, joint ventures and/or strategic alliances.

Acquisitions are particularly interesting as the current depressed prices offer an opportunity to make acquisitions at attractive prices. Company is interested in projects that are located near their existing mine in order to achieve synergies and also for ease of management.

As of 9M15, RPG only has US$1.9 million of debt. Thus, there seems to be scope for the company to take on more debt to finance the above inorganic growth.

*Some Noteworthy Points

Concentration risk

RPG has concentration risk on a couple of aspects. Firstly, it only has one mine thus any problems in the mine will have an adverse impact on RPG.

Secondly, due to its current small sales volume, it only has one customer, namely PT Anugerah Bara Kemilau (“ABK”). It is noteworthy that RPG signed the offtake agreement with ABK in Jun 2013 and this agreement will expire on Jun 2015.

According to RPG, ABK has offered a 2 year extension at RPG’s option.

Notwithstanding the above, management is cognizant of the customer concentration risk and plans to diversify its customer base when they further ramp up their production.

Dependent on coal price

Any drop in coal price due to an increase in supply or a drop in demand may have an adverse impact on RPG’s operations.

Regulatory risks in Indonesia

RPG’s Rinjani mine is in Indonesia. Any adverse change in regulations may affect their approval for the “borrow-use” permit for the remaining 1,624 ha of total mining concession area and their existing business.

*For the full range of risks, readers should download Skyone’s circular to its shareholders (available on SGX) and the UOB Kayhian analyst reports.


This is just a brief introduction on RPG. Readers should be cognizant of RPG’s volatile share price, concentration risk and its dependence on coal price. However, the bullish chart formation, and my view that most negatives have been priced into the share price, coupled with the aforementioned company developments should make it an interesting stock to keep it on the watchlist.

P.S. Readers should refer to the company website for more information and can email me at for the UOB Kayhian rated research reports.

Ernest Lim is a CFA, CA and has worked at GIC Special Investment. He has a solid feel of the markets and financial world and is now a remisier.

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